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Driver takes to his bike to chase after runaway tram

Driverless vehicle eventually halted by cutting off the power

In what sounds like a scene from a Buster Keaton film, a runaway tram in Prague was pursued through the Czech capital’s streets by its driver on a bicycle as he tried to stop it before it reached the city centre.

The tram, which had no passengers on board, started its driverless journey at a depot in the Motol district where – presumably in grainy black and white footage with a dramatic piano accompaniment – it burst through the gates and rolled along the tracks, chased by its driver on his bike.

Eventually – cue black card showing a light bulb and the word “Idea!” – some bright spark at the depot thought of switching the electricity off, but not before the tram had travelled a mile along a busy road towards the city centre and the driver had suffered light injuries trying to get into the cab.

A spokesman for the Rail Safety Inspectorate told Associated Press that the incident was most likely due to human error.

 

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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